Birthday Beachweekend

I am old. Old balls.

I spent a great weekend celebrating the start of my birthday month! Oh wait. You didn’t know? I celebrate my birthday for like an entire MONTH. I love birthdays. People should celebrate each other as much as possible.

I started the weekend by treating myself to losing $5 in the mega millions. One day. One day I will have #richpeopleproblems.

Since Brad had a bachelor party in Vegas, I had a beach weekend with a few girlfriends in Whidbey at Holly’s (I have known her basically my entire life! How cool.) and that was my sunset on the drive which the picture does NOT do justice.

My other AMAZING friend Kelly made cupcakes. WHOA. Not only does she know me too well, but these were hands down Ah-mazing. MO-Freakin-JITIO. With rum and mint and lime and SUGAR. And look how pretty they are!

Then I made a giant thing of limeade/vodka/corona DRANK. We had a fiesta.

Sarah made awesome Guac and homemade chips and Lauren died. Literally. Oh did you know I am a doctor and can diagnose bruised ribs? Well I diagnosed her and now you can call me Dr. K.

Then Lauren blew my mind and MADE me this framed Hunger Games shout out cross stitch. SWOON! I am promptly placing it on my desk at work since my co-workers and I talk about the Hunger Games basically daily. (I am now realizing I never did a post about the movie after my Things I Want post, but the only thing to say is if you haven’t seen it or read it don’t talk to me. Meh.)

Then Kelly who just blew my mind with the mojitio cupcakes gave me this! She knows I like to print or take recipes out of magazines and this is a changeable magnetic recipe holder with cupcake magnets! So cool! SHE MADE IT. My friends are too crafty.

Then I had the Sunday Fried Chicken dinner at Brave Horse Tavern with some buddies and then took Monday off because it was my ACTUAL birthday no one should work.

Brad and I spent the day at my favorite bakery, my favorite park and CANLIS. Yum. Oh and not done yet. Then the next day my co-workers and I had a Costco Hot Dog lunch- $1.64! A dog and a drink! Add a dollar and you can get a CHURRO! Love Costco.

It’s only week one of birthday month. What else can I pack in?! Thoughts?

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{Recipes}: Belated Valentine’s Day Treat

I know this is belated like most of my blog life, but these cookies were so easy and yummy that I’d suggest making them for any holiday or loved one! (If you can’t tell by my AMAH-ZING photo skills, those are cut in hearts, sprinkled with powdered sugar and on a pink plate! BOO YAH!)

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Powdered sugar
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix and flour. Mix together cake mix, flour, eggs, oil and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Take about 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and form into a ball.  Place cookie dough balls on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until edges are set and cookies begin to crack.

Let cookies cool and then cut into hearts. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Eat the cookie scraps, and give the rest away!

Happy Heart Day before February is OVER! Now go make these green some how for St. Patty’s Day!

 

{Crafts}: First Class Ticket to Retirement Photo Wall

WHOA! I think this might be the final DIY project of the First Class Ticket to Retirement Party! I’ve had so much fun sharing projects #1, #2, #3, #4 and now #5 with you! This one is super simple and was a great conversation starter as well!

Project #5: Mini Clothes Pin Photo Travel Wall

Tools

  • Fabric wall hanging-I found a colorful map at Joann’s, but you could also use a paper map or other background of your choice
  • Thumbtacks or tape
  • Mini clothes pins
  • Thin ribbon-I used two colors
  • Photos of the retiree- I found some great ones!

  • I used thumb tacks to hang the fabric map on the wall and some clear tape to make it lay flat. Then I used ribbon tacked on to each side of the map to make two rows.
  • I used the mini clothes pins to hang each photo along the ribbon, mixing old and new photos-and as many as I could find related to my theme!
  • I then topped it off by adding some more of the cloud balloons along each side!

This was the simplest but also most meaningful project. I really enjoyed finding the photos and having everyone enjoy getting to see all the memories!

Do you have any clever photo wall ideas?

Seafood Fest

Last weekend I had somewhat of a mini high school reunion with some great friends while feasting on seafood! I always enjoy a great summer evening outdoors sipping wine, sharing laughs and eating great food!

Andrea’s family was hosting and here she is making her famous crab cakes!

The boys had a crazy game of croquet…

While the ladies played an intense game of badminton! As the sun started to go down we sat down to eat.

Here is Ryan, Julie and Sarah enjoying the first course-a spinach salad with strawberries, onions, nuts and a vinaigrette!

Next up was smoked salmon fettuccine! Anna and Lydia pausing for a photo before digging in!

Brad refilled our empty wine glasses before the next course!


I needed lots of napkins to cover my white shirt for the final course of Cioppino!

Nate enjoyed it so much he drank the rest-although Lydia is thinking “Who’s this guy think he is?!”

Last but not least dessert! Delish chocolate cake with berries and Grand Marnier!

The evening ended with laughs around the fire! Thanks Andrea and Fam for a great night!

{Crafts}: First Class Retirement Party Cups and Silverware

Flash back to project #1, #2, and #3 here! This might be my favorite project from the First Class Retirement Party!

Project #4: Decorative Cup Seals and Luggage Tag Silverware

Tools

  • Sticker seals of your choice-I found some great circle ones from Martha Stewart Crafts.
  • Stamps and stamp ink of your choice-I used travel themed ones
  • Cups and napkins of your choice
  • Plastic silverware
  • Thin ribbon of your choice to go with the napkins
  • Luggage tag punch or other shape of your choice
  • Hole punch

  • Stamp each sticker with the stamp of your choice!
  • Place a sticker on each cup-making sure ink has completely dried! I found some great cups to go with the theme too!
  • For the silverware bundles I borrowed a tag puncher to cut ‘luggage’ tags out of thick cardstock
  • I then stamped each tag with an airmail and passport stamp
  • I then used this awesome hole punch I found and have used a lot since I got it, on the ends of the tag. It is just wide enough for a thin ribbon to thread through
  • Take your silverware and place in the middle of your napkin folding the bottom corner up
  • Fold on side over…
  • and roll it up like a burrito!
  • Tie ribbon around the silverware bundle first and knot and then tie the tag on
  • Bundle up all your stuff and display it for the party!

This is so easy but the little touch added so much to the party and I have so many more ideas like this even for a small fall dinner party or book club potluck!

{Crafts}: First Class Retirement Party Fringe Streamers

To follow up from project #1 and project #2 for my dad’s airplane themed retirement party I have another hanging party decoration for you!

Project #3: Fringe Streamers from Oh Happy Day

Tools

  • Crepe paper sheets in choice of colors-I found these at Paper Zone
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Amazing tutorial from Oh Happy Day

  • Cut the folded crepe paper into 2 to 3 inch pieces
  • On the long side (not folded) cut thin strips about 1” long on one side
  • Repeat this fringe look on the other side making sure to leave space in the middle and not cut all the way through
  • Unravel by loosening up the fringe part and then unrolling. I found this was helpful to ‘ruffle’ it up because the fringe stuck together when I had cut it
  • Hang all over! I used these outside for the canopy on two sides
  • And at the door leading everyone outside to the party!

Do know that scissors with comfort grips would be nice as my hand was killing me after all the cutting! There are so many color variations and fun ways to use this simple craft to decorate!

8/4: Eighty-Four on August 4th

Happy eighty four day! As silly as this whole post is going to sound, trust me you will want to celebrate this day every year too!

Back in high school were this all began, my friends and I (we were all weird in high school okay!?) would refer to anything that was old as 84 years old. For example: Your shoes are like 84 years old!

Eighty-four also happens to be my favorite number. I also want to live to at least be 84. Shortly after realizing my obsession liking of the number 84, my friends and I decided to declare August 4th as Kelly’s ultimate celebration of all things related to 84 Eighty Four Day!

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(Side note: I found this photo and now want to drive on 84 on 8/4)

So how does one celebrate Eighty Four Day?

  • Drink 8 40’s at 8:40 am/pm on 84th Street (never been done…yet)
  • In college I went to visit my friends in San Fran and they surprised me and took me to a bar that had ‘1984’ night!!!!
  • Buy something for $8.40
  • Make a cake with an 84 candle
  • Throw a 1984 or 1884 themed party
  • Anything related to using the numbers 8 and 4!

This year I hope the weather is 84 degrees (but really I prefer 74 degrees)!  I love my friends because many of them will actually tell me Happy 8/4 day (thanks for humoring me)! Because really it’s not just a day for me, but for everybody! So take a moment today and celebrate me YOU!

Happy Eighty Four Day!!